Special Collections

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful works to increase the availability of convenient, affordable disposal for certain items, such as tires, household hazardous waste, and appliances.

Our affiliate chapters often work with local solid waste and recycling offices to support recycling and collect waste materials that might otherwise be dumped illegally. We help to identify local disposal needs and implement special collections for materials like tires, household hazardous wastes, and electronics.

Dates for specific collection events are listed on the calendar section of our website. If you have questions or would like more information on programs that address problem disposal items in your area, contact a local Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliate or your county solid waste/recycling office.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful also strives to improve solid waste management practices – including options for recycling, reducing waste, and re-using materials – both on a local and statewide level. To locate a recycling center or disposal facility near you, call your county recycling coordinator or your local municipality. Many counties maintain up-to-date lists of local recyclers and recycling locations. You can also check Earth 911, a national recycling database, for locations near you.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has a Special Collections Guidelines that you can download. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide individuals and groups with the information to conduct special collection events in their communities, to provide options for proper disposal and/or recycling of hard-to-dispose items, and to help make the environment cleaner, more beautiful, and healthier. These are suggested guidelines and are not necessarily policies of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.


For more information about reducing waste and recycling:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
http://www.dep.state.pa.us (keyword “recycle”)

Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
http://www.proprecycles.org

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Welcome to Recycle City
http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity

Re-Use Options
http://www.constructionjunction.org

What’s Happening in YOUR Community
http://earth911.com/

Composting
http://www.howstuffworks.com/composting

Garbage
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/garbage/

The Imagination Factory
http://www.kid-at-art.com/